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  • Writer's pictureDoug Howarth

In Forbes

You don't change minds in Washington with sweet reason. You do it to the white light of public opinion. Steve Forbes

Yesterday, I found Eric Tegler's article about my analysis of the budding market for hypersonic missiles in Forbes online (https://www.forbes.com/sites/erictegler/2024/01/04/is-dods-approach-to-buying-hypersonic-weapons-too-expensive/?sh=1b6b015058e6). In it, using statistics and reason, I noted that the chance of making them with their proposed extraordinary ranges in the desired quantities is near zero. 

I've said such things to many a program manager, only to be dismissed, as I wasn't supporting the company line. Reason was not reason enough to change course; it turned out.

It's a story that needs to be told. I want to give Eric a big "Thank You" for it. Recently retired USAF Col Dan "Animal" Javorsek, PhD, brought my work to Eric's attention. Dr. Animal, as I like to call him, saw many otherwise viable programs sink his time in government and go dormant due to funds moving into popular yet shaky programs doomed to financial failure for the very problems I address. 

By shining Steve Forbes' "white light of public opinion" on the issue, given the proper changes, perhaps US hypersonic missiles may move towards affordability.


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